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Postpartum Depression Info Sheet

In addition to the struggles of a traditional depression diagnosis, parents with postpartum depression face several unique challenges. Feelings of overwhelm and sadness can lead to guilt, as parents ask: "Why am I not happier? Shouldn't my child be enough?" Then, on top of it all, there are the normal stressors and practical challenges of parenthood.

The Postpartum Depression Info Sheet will educate parents and their families about the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for postpartum depression. Education will help to normalize postpartum depression, improve understanding of the diagnosis, and create a foundation of knowledge for treatment.

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References

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